I am planning a trip from Pearland, TX to Clifton NJ in a couple of months, so looking for a nice, friendly and safe driving route that would take a few days drive there and back (total of 6 days). Need some pet friendly stops along the way (won't have time to do much I know). We have seen some similar routes, but they were relatively old or going in the opposite direction and not as far.

Any advice from seasoned travelers who have gone that route or very similar would be truly appreciated. Thank you.